After three intense months of work in our Mobility Office, Iris wanted to share with us her experience as a intern exchange student. Hi, Iris! Tell us a bit about yourself, for example where are you from and what do you study?
Hi! I’m from Italy and I have a degree in Languages and Cultures for Publishing. I’ve always loved three things: books, movies and travels. To combine those three amazing things, I decided to graduate in “Languages and Cultures for Publishing” and to do my Master’s degree in “Storytelling and Performing Arts—Filmmaking”. I can speak Italian — native speaker — English and Spanish, but can understand French as well…it’s just harder to speak in French.
Have you previously done a study exchange?
When I was still at the University, I lived in Spain for 9 months as an Erasmus student in Granada. I loved the time I spent here, so when they proposed me to come back—a different city and different university, but still in the cradle of a culture I like very much—I decided to come.
What attracted you to this internship placement offered by our university?
Since I had been in the shoes of the students that had to go to the International Relations Office, asking about the documents and the paperworks necessary to live their “Erasmus Adventure”, I thought it would be great to help them.
How was a typical day at the Mobility Office?
There were a lot of things to do, that’s for sure. Almost every day, there was a different “crisis” that had to be solved, but those were the best moments I guess. Because you could feel really useful, although sometimes students could be hard to reach or late in sending the documents. Until lunch break it was a whirlwind of things to do, then we would put everything on pause until the afternoon, when the “battle” started again.
What kind of challenges have you faced during your internship at UCH-CEU? How have you overcome them?
I will always remember two of my personal challenges. As for the first two, one involved Russian students and the other some girls from South America. The Russian students were experiencing the Erasmus mobility for the first time, so there was a lot of paperwork involved: different Acceptance letters for example, because they had to send them to the Consulate, or the need to have a proper health insurance…it was tough, because we had to rewrite the same documents a few times before we managed to find the “right way” to do them, so that the students wouldn’t have problems later. The second situation was a bit trickier, because those girls were late in sending the Learning Agreements, so they were risking their stay: if they didn’t receive the acceptance letter from the University, they couldn’t buy the plane tickets to Spain…and so on and so forth. But, luckily, we solved everything in time.
Do you think Valencia is a good city for students?
Yes, I think so. It is welcoming and active enough: it has many cultural activities, parks, museums to visit…but also several places to hang out at night and have fun with your friends.